10. March 2009 06:28
I know how to say only "hello" and "thank you" in nine different languages, it seems to have served me well so far. However I am giving serious consideration to learning one of two languages; Japanese or Swedish. Japanese is notoriously difficult, so I think I may well have to choose Swedish. Why these two languages you ask? Cars of course! Our obsession with all things Japanese is well documented, however for our money Sweden, along with the other Scandinavian nations, turns out some of the finest put togther cars in the world. What’s more they also turn out some of the most bonkers cars too, we've often quipped "if you don't have at least 600bhp in Scandinavia, you're nothing!" Sometimes this seems frighteningly true.
These two mighty fine VW Caddy builds recently caught our eye on the Zazty forum. I must admit I have a thing for pickups, more particularly pickups with ridiculous amounts of power.
First of our two stand out builds is the rear wheel drive, mid engine, build from Golf Racing. The car is going to be powered as a lot of Swedish cars are, by a Volvo T5 engine, we already know that some of those guys are getting amazing power out of those things and this build doesn't look to have been done in a half hearted manner. You can see from the start of the build and through the various fabrication stages up until where it is now, not quite finished. The wide arches and radiators look pretty serious! We can't wait to see how this turns out.
The Second of the Caddys is a different approach. Keeping the engine in the front, Zatzy member xJPx has taken the drive train from an Audi Quattro and shoe horned it under the Caddy body shell, on a tube chassis. The car retains the front mounted engine, but gains four-wheel-drive and a fair few hundred BHP in the process. The engine is a PRV-6, rather than keeping it all Audi, obviously being from the land of ice and snow it has a nice big turbo charger on it to keep those performance figures at ridiculous levels. The modifications to the car have resulted in wide arches as well as a rebuilt front end to house the intercooler and radiator. We hope both of these cars will be out in 2009, as soon as we see they are rolling we'll be sure to give an update!
Do you know of any other super fast VW Caddy builds? I know there is at least one mid engined Audi powered one floating around the UK.